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Phil Newman

Cobmex
With over 40 years of experience in the textile and garment industry, Phil brings immeasurable knowledge and insight. Originally from the United Kingdom, Phil moved to Montreal, Canada, where he grew up. After graduating from Concordia University in 1979, Phil found himself working in the apparel industry. At the time, Montreal was the epicenter of Canadian fashion. Like many of his peers, his first years were spent on a factory floor learning about fabrics and the fundamentals of garment manufacturing. As the industry evolved globally, Phil began traveling throughout Asia, Europe and North America; you would often find him in factories learning the intricacies of sweater manufacturing from the fiber up. He later went on to grow revenues by leading the Sourcing, Design, Merchandising and Sales teams of a well-known private label and branded apparel import company for over 15 years. In 1998, he founded Cobmex, a specialty import/export company to supply corporate knitwear. Over the last two decades, Cobmex has evolved into the market leader for uniform sweaters in the Public Safety and Corporate Image Apparel markets. Today Cobmex proudly operates companies in 5 countries.